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New to site, history about me and surgery
Hi, my name is Jill and it has been 7 months since my lumbar fusion surgery, which was probably long over due. I had an MRI 6/19/13 and it revealed a spondylolisthesis at L3-4 with disk space narrowing and foraminal stenois. On 7/19/13 I had a lumbar decompression with a 360 fusion at L3-4 lumbar. This was with cage, rods, screws etc. I must say, the first couple weeks were very difficult. I only took pain meds in the hospital and 4 days after I came home. Nothing since. I figured the pain was so much worse prior to surgery that I could heal without meds. I listen to my doctor and did a lot of walking. I am not one to sit, so being unable to do anything was very stressful. I returned to work on 10/14/13 and started PT. That helped a lot since I am quite active. I returned to my Dr. on 1/20/14 and I don't have to return unless I have any problems. I currently go to the gym 3 days a week, walking on the treadmill and riding the stationary bike. I also do some upper body lifting. Believe there are days that are rough but I don't give up. I plan on doing part of a triathlon this summer, the biking segment and want to be doing some running this fall. Right now I am struggle with the muscle I have lost and the weight I have gained and winter has helped. But I can't give up. I hope to hear from some of the members and would love to offer some things I have learned.